God commands His people to meditate on His Word day and night.
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits at the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
I am just realizing that there is never a moment in my life that is neither day nor night. So… is God saying we must read the Bible constantly with no spare time for family, jobs, household chores, etc.
I am going to claim that the Lord not only knows this is an impossible concept while living on earth, but that He has had first hand experience in our very circumstances.
Jesus was tempted in the wilderness by the evil one. This is the SAME enemy we battle every single day. Yet, Jesus overcame. Shouldn’t we use His same strategy, His same artillery?
He used the very Word of God to drive Satan away.
“It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
I don’t know about you, but if I was tested in the wilderness (a rough, deserted area in which I was so desperately searching for the promise land) I am not so sure I would be meditating on scripture and using it to fight my true enemy. (FYI, your enemy is not your boss, your spouse, or your rebellious teenager.)
The truth is my heart is weak, my strength is futile, and I am filled up on bread alone. And this is exactly where the enemy wants me to be. Empty. Without ammunition. And unprepared to go to battle.
Ok, so now what? How do we become prepared to not only survive our days here, but to truly live the abundant life?
There are so many ways, and everyone is different. Your new routine may include focusing on one verse of scripture a week, reading it every morning, and reflecting on it throughout the day. Or maybe you will read a chapter of your Bible every night before bed, and write a take away thought in a journal. Whatever, it may be, I hope you feel encouraged to begin again. And again. And again.
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of the soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
*(See Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12,13, & Luke 4:1-13 for full accounts/context.)
All the best,